The Crimson Gates of the Stellar Sanctuary
Three groups were walking rapidly in the mountain paths below and they were looking for the entrance of the Stellar Sanctuary.
There was supposed to be a fourth group but the Three Banners Clan had suddenly abstained after getting a divine lot with the Celestial Aiel Sect.
If anyone was there in the Golden Ascension Hall and got the same draw as the Celestial Aiel Sect, they may abstain or decide to travel on their own too!
An icy demeanor maiden had stood guard over the Sagess Ai in the Golden Ascension Hall!
Even though no one had tried to ask, quite a number of celestial exponents had actually fought with her and the Celestial Aiel Sect previously!
She was not only the number one celestial exponent of the Celestial Aiel Sect, she was also one of seven most powerful newly celestial fighters in the Celestial Realm!
Not only did she had the reputation of besting Old Reverend Vanquishing Sage, she had also beaten quite a number of the very top fighters in the Celestial Realm to arrive at her present position. Indeed she had a fearsome reputation!
And the Celestial Mistress had a fearsome reputation of deploying poisons to control the various celestial clans that were under the sphere of influence of the Celestial Aiel Sect.
Also this Goddess Isa whose glares was so piercingly chilling that she could send a shiver down the spine of even the most highly attained celestial.
Therefore there were few celestial clans that wanted to be in the same group as the Celestial Aiel Sect!
The Three Banners Clan was not the only clan that had abstained after drawing the divine lot. All in all, an additional ten celestial clans had suddenly abstained after seeing the results of the divine lots!
All these clans had abstained for a number of reasons such as an existing feud with each other, fear of the other or simply because they disliked each other.
Those that had decided to go to the Stellar Sanctuary had all either grouped themselves or set off as a solitary group.
Again, the reasons for doing so were many.
Even if any celestial clans were deemed lucky enough to pick the same lot as the Lord Supreme or the Immortal Sword of Saints, chances were that these two eminent Ancient Celestials had already set off as a solitary individual without waiting for anyone!
As for Yi Ping group, he had quietly grouped with the Sagess Ai and the Deadly Wanderer as they made their way to the gates of the Stellar Sanctuary.
With Yi Ping were the Heaveness, the Universal Old Man, Yixian, Lele, Lie Qing, Youxue, Shi Shi and Yang Min.
With the Sagess Ai were Han Lin, the Celeste Wind Maiden, Jing’Er and the Goddess Isa.
The Deadly Wanderer had dismissed his clan protégés halfway when several of them were injured fatally by the torrential winds and a landslide.
He had not intended to take them into the Stellar Sanctuary in the first place so he quickly dismissed them for their own good.
They were the last group to actually move into positions for their designated destination and were late for almost a day!
The Stellar Sanctuary would shut its gates in eighty-nine more days and would disappear from the Celestial Realm for the next few centuries or perhaps even for a few millennium years!
Yet these three groups seemed to be unhurried!
Actually that was not Yi Ping’s intentions at all. He was actually eager to enter the Stellar Sanctuary; he was not only curious about the Stellar Sanctuary, he wanted to overcome the challenges inside and to aid Yu’Er, Mei’Er, Ye Yin and Shen Xingyue!
Lingfeng had said coolly, “Let wait three days when the Stellar Sanctuary has completely descended before we move on.”
Yi Ping was startled as he asked, “What if others are to enter the Stellar Sanctuary first?”
Lingfeng just smiled quietly before she nodded to the rest of the maidens.
All the other maidens were all giggling and soon even the Goddess Isa and the Sagess Ai were doing the same too!
The Sagess Ai said, “We are also setting off three days later. Why don’t we set off together?”
The Deadly Wanderer was stunned as he protested weakly, “But we will miss the…”
Youxue said coldly, “One day less, one day more. Does it matter? If you are so eager to enter the Stellar Sanctuary, you can go alone!”
Jing’Er and Han Lin were laughing softly even as the Celeste Wind Maiden was muttering softly, “That is a good idea. I don’t want to let that happen either…”
Lele laughed merrily as she brushed aside her long hair while winking at Lie Qing!
Lie Qing laughed softly, “Me either!”
Yi Ping was smiling weakly.
He knew that Lingfeng had used her Great Divine Whisper to secretly whisper her intentions to everyone.
With his current progression in his Emptiness Translucence, it was not hard to know what Lingfeng was up to. Unfortunately, he had not reached the level of attainment that could allow him to eavesdrop on her Great Whispering Divine Skill!
But when he asked the Universal Old Man for a reason, the Universal Old Man simply shrugged his shoulder and said. “There is a reason for everything. If you think hard enough, you will know why. Otherwise continue to meditate for the next three days for the answer. Treat it as a trial to test your current state of divinity.”
Somehow Yi Ping felt that somewhere something was amiss…
Three days later, all the maidens were wearing a curtain silk hat that reached all the way to their legs!
Once the Stellar Sanctuary had descended, it seemed even more massive and forbidden looking than what Yi Ping had first imagined!
The ominous shape of the Stellar Sanctuary was now lurking overhead as circular lightning arcs exploded across the skies.
The huge gloomy Stellar Sanctuary had completely landed and crashed alongside the hundreds of tall mountains, topping mountains, destroying old pathways and creating new pathways!
Its massive impact had created such a terrifying tidal force that several of the massive towering white celestium towers of the Holy Ascension Sect were toppled over and the entire vicinity was strewing with plume of dirt and dust!
Yi Ping muttered, “Now I know why they want to set off three days later…”
The Deadly Wanderer was startled as he asked curiously, “I have been thinking of the same thing for the last three days as well. Have you discovered anything? I must say that the wisdom of the Heaveness is simply beyond me!”
The Universal Old Man almost choked as he smiled weakly.
Yi Ping heaved a soft sigh even as Lingfeng said sharply, “What a surprise that Yi Ping is able to second guess it. Hmph! He does seem to be getting smarter nowadays.”
She smiled alluringly at Yi Ping as she winked at him.
Lie Qing laughed softly, “Finally there is someone dumber than Ping’Er. But let him take a guess first. He could be wrong after all.”
Yi Ping shifted uneasy as he looked at all these maidens before he said coolly, “I am not blind. You are all afraid of getting dirty. If the Stellar Sanctuary had crashed while we are going toward it then your clothes will all be very dirty.”
Lie Qing was really surprised, “Why are you so smart now?”
Han Lin was clapping her hands, “That’s right, that’s right! Bingo! It is the noblest of reasons!”
The Deadly Wanderer was stunned at the reason. He was really not expecting it!